Stanley Cup Playoffs: Monday's Need To Know
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The Sharks were able to do it on Sunday at home, but can the Blackhawks force a Game 7 in their series against the Red Wings on Monday night in Detroit (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET)?
Stay up to date on all the latest NHL playoff news and notes with Monday's Need To Know, which will be updated throughout the day:
- Ahead of Monday's do-or-die Game 6, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is feeling the pressure. Wait. No he's not.
- Further to that point, Chicago's Bryan Bickell says relax. Hmmmm… might make for a good t-shirt. Bickell can sell them to fans with whatever team signs him to a potentially lucractive deal in the off-season.
- Check out some interesting numbers from the 'Hawks-Wings series, including the evolution of Chicago's lines from Game 1 to Game 5.
- Another number: $1600 US. That's (roughly) the price Jamal Mayers will pay in a fine for firing pucks into the Red Wings' net during the warmups before Game 5.
- If the Red Wings fail to end the series, Game 7 is set for Wednesday at the Madhouse on Madison.
- Despite Ottawa's elimination at the hands of the Penguins last week, senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby sees a bright future for the Senators.
- There are question marks surrounding the future of veteran players in Ottawa, notably Daniel Alfredsson and Sergei Gonchar. The 39-year-old Gonchar says he'd like to keep playing.
- It seems back surgery wasn't the only thing slowing down Jason Spezza's recovery and return to the Senators.
- John Tortorella and the New York Rangers have plenty of time to reflect on what the team needs to do to be successful in the 2013-14 season. But will that team include Brad Richards, or live and die with its shot blocking?
- Don Cherry offered his opinion on the Tortorella-Richards situation on Twitter, saying it was "unbelievable" that the high-priced centre was a healthy scratch.
- Tortorella said on Monday that he believes Richards will "turn himself around."
- Marc Staal says his injured eye may never fully heal, but the Rangers defenceman expects to be ready for training camp in the fall, and play at the same level he did before the injury.